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Old 01-12-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Anybody buy a 2011 Explorer. My wife wants one and I am wondering how they tow. I hear that they can be flat towed with no modifications.
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I looked at the 2011 but they don't use as full frame anymore. I bought a 2010 instead. Don't believe nothing Ford tells you about towing.

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Just noticed Belleville. Picked mine up at Sunset Ford.
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How does your 2010 Explorer tow. Is it easy to hook up and disconnect.
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item 15
yes is the correct answer
unless its an AWD drive



our 07 edge was built for four down,
the joint venture 6 spd auto was designed to be towed four down from the start
ford and gm both use this transmission
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Just received my January Family Motor Coaching magazine. It only shows the 2011 V6 4X4 Explorer as towable 4 down. I am wondering if the new V8s are all wheel drive and that is why they don't show them.
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The 2011 Explorer is not available with a V8. It will be available with a twin turbo charged V6 though.
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We have a 2008 Exp 4WD and it tows well. DW has the itch to trade so I looked at several of the 2011's that just arrived at a local dealer. Only the 4WD will be flat towable.

However, I was disappointed in the size of the thing. It looks to me like an Edge on steroids. I thought Ford might downsize it a bit but it was larger than my 2008 sitting beside it. It weights as much as the one I now have. My 2008 has the 4.6 V8 which I like. I am thinking we will keep what we have and replace it when necessary with a smaller SUV/crossover.
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I'm looking at my FMCA mag and it shows the AllWD and FrontWD as both being towable. That's supposed to be the same tranny as the Edge and Flex and each of those are towable also.
Problem right now is Blue Ox and Roadmaster don't have a baseplate built for them. Spoke to both of them late last week and have had many requests for baseplates. Blue Ox is in the process and Roadmaster couldn't get the only Explorer the local dealer has to build a prototype template from. Sure not gonna buy anything until everything is available to tow it but wouldn't be making a move for several months anyway.

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Hi,
We just purchased a 2011 Ford Escape and it cab be towed four down but base plate has not been made yet.
We are towing the Escape (FWD) on a tow dolly and had to get bigger tie down straps because of the 16" tires. My tow dolly has electric brakes so no problem. As far as storing at campground I usually ask for a pull through site and can leave it connected. The best part about the tow dolly is that you can tow any front wheel drive car.

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Trading in a fedw years old Ford Explorer we went through these same choices and, instead, opted for a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid . . . readily towable without any special considerations at up to 75 mph
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Something else to think about when buying an Explorer. Check with your local U-Haul and see if they will ever rent a trailer to you. Last time I checked, U-Haul will not rent to anything that has an Explorer badge on it - regardless of year. They started that when the Firestone tires on Explorers were failing.
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I thought about going the tow dolly route. We have 4 vehicles. My wife drives a Nissan Pathfinder Armada. She calls it the grandbaby bus. It is the only vehicle she wil let the grand kids ride in for safety purposes. She will only sell it if she can get something comparable. The Expedition is about the same size but too big. An explorer is just a bit smaller but she will trade the Armada for an Explorer, if it is towable. The Armada is not. Two of the other 3 vehicles will probably be sold when we retire later tis year. If we get an Explorer, I would like to keep the Chrysler convertible. It is 9 years old but only has about 50K miles. It can only be towed with a dolly(or a Remco pump/base plate/ electric etc) and I don't want to put a lot of money in a 9 year old car. So many decisions.
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